Prosthetic Culture: Photography, Memory and Identity


We live in a society in which body parts are components in a global traffic of goods, in which some memories can be falsely implanted in the individual, while others are stored outside the individual in video archives. It is the body's ability to act outside itself both mechanically and perceptually in this way which Celia Lury describes as prosthetic culture. Using examples drawn from phototherapy, accounts of false memory syndrome, family albums, Benetton adverts, and the lives of cartoon characters, she argues that the 'eyes' made available by contemporary visual technologies involve not simply specific way of seeing, but also ways of life.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • London
Publication year:
  • 1998


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